Get Fresh! Produce Guide for Summer

Buying and cooking fresh summer produce when it's in season -- like tomatoes, fresh herbs, peaches, green beans, figs and more -- is good for the planet, saves you money and is guaranteed to taste better. See what to look for, plus get recipes to try.
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Buying and cooking fresh summer produce when it's in season -- like tomatoes, fresh herbs, peaches, green beans, figs and more -- is good for the planet, saves you money and is guaranteed to taste better. See what to look for, plus get recipes to try.

BLUEBERRIES

Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake

Although blueberries can be stored for up to 5 days in the fridge, be sure to rinse them just before using or eating.

More on how to buy, serve and cook with blueberries

Try it in Lemon-Blueberry Layer Cake

See all blueberry recipes

CHERRIES

cherry chocolate chunk ice cream

Antioxidants called anthocyanins give cherries their crimson color--the richer the hue, the better for you.

More on how to buy, serve and cook with cherries

Try it in Cherry-Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream Sundaes

FIGS

dessert

Who knew: Figs are technically a flower, not a fruit -- with a sweet honeysuckle scent that lets you know when they're ready to be eaten.

More on how to buy, serve and cook with figs

Try it in Figs with Ricotta and Honey

See all fig recipes

GREEN BEANS

green beans

For a perfect appetizer or main dish, buy green beans that are bright in color and have a firm texture.

More on how to buy, serve and cook with green beans

Try it in Green Bean Casserole

See all green bean recipes

PEACHES

peaches

Squeeze a peach gently to tell when it's ripest -- its flesh should give slightly under the pressure of your fingers.

More on how to buy, serve and cook with peaches

Try it in Ginger-Peach Ice Cream in Grilled Peach Cups

See all peach recipes

PLUOTS

grilled peaches

Made up of about 75 percent plum and 25 percent apricot, these plum look-alikes come in a range of hues.

More on how to buy, serve and cook with pluots

Try it in Soft-Shell Crab Sandwiches with Pluot Relish

See all pluot recipes

TOMATOES

tomatoes

Many supermarkets now stock more than one variety of tomato in the summertime. Get to know a few of the different types, and see what dishes work best with them.

More on how to buy, serve and cook with tomatoes

Try it in Two Tomato Arrabbiata Pesto Pasta

See all tomato recipes

WATERMELON

watermelon

Look for a whole melon that's heavy for it's size and skip any melons with cracks or soft spots.

More on how to buy, serve and store watermelons

Try it in Watermelon Limeade

See all watermelon recipes

MORE SUMMER PRODUCE

You should also keep an eye out for these fruits and vegetables at the market:

Berries: See all recipes

Cherries: See all recipes

Corn: See all recipes

Cucumbers: See all recipes

Eggplant: See all recipes

Melons: See all recipes

Okra: See all recipes

Peas: See all recipes

Rhubarb: See all recipes

Summer squash: See all recipes

Tomatillos: See all recipes

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